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>> see you bright here tomorrow morning. the news continues in the cnn newsroom with kyra phillips. >> here is what we are working on for you this morning a horrific car accident leaves one man dead and a woman charged with drunk driving but when she went become to partying like nothing happened, the victim's family went online to get even. a hero's welcome for the lockerbie bomber after killing hundreds of people. he was set free because he was suppose ed to die. one year later, he is still alive and one of his doctors reportedly comes clean. and the power of trust. a kind-hearted stranger gives her credit card to a homeless man. you won't believe what happens next. it is 9 a.m. on the east coast, 6 a.m. out west. i'm kyra phillips, you are live in the cnn newsroom. if you are a baby bomb boomer, you remember your mom telling to you clean your plate, kids were starving in china.
that was then this is now. a new report shows china is about to pass japan as the second largest economy in the world. ali velshi here to talk about more, how do we get to this point this co-dependent relationship? >> china is three time he is the size of the united states. it is not -- individuals are not all getting that wealthy but this is a country that 30 years ago was an almost isolated communist country and has been slowly working into a market economy over the years. what happened is the west embraced china's reforms because china has cheap labor. so we wanted to buy cheaper goods from china over the years. we continued to ac knowledge their movement into the broader world china, for all intense and purposes has become the factory shop, the shop floor for the world. look at the stuff we buy, by some estimates, 80% of the manufactured goods we buy in this country were made in china that is what it is china builds
the stuff that we buy. >> there are risks though a number of risks to this relationship. there could come a point where -- could there come a point where they are more powerful than we are in areas that we want to be number one in? >> i think, first of all in 2010, economic might is bigger than military mile. the fact that china is the number one source for our imported goods, the fact that it is the biggest automobile market in the world, the fact that it is the biggest exporter in the world makes them the mightiest country in the world. as you showed in that graph when they came in not close to the u.s. yet, but estimates are some time between 20120 and 2013 -- 2035, you will see the numbers even out and china could be the biggest economy in the entire world. the fastest growing, could be the biggest. the risks are what we have already seen, the last ten years or longer, we have seen our manufacturing industry decline in the united states, kyra,
because it is simply cheaper to make goods in china. we can't compete. the flip side is we have enjoyed buying those cheap goods from china and as a result, you have seen an increase in standard of living on one side because you pay less for those made in china goods but you have seen a de cease on the other side, kyra, we don't make the stuff they make in china they can make it cheaper than we can. >> we need to figure out what we can sell to china. what would that be? >> that session act lit answer. we need to figure out what -- as they get to be a bigger economy and produce more, their citizens become a little bit wealthier and they will spend almost they spend on something we make or some service we offer? we have not gotten the answer to that kyra and that maybe the biggest question facing our economy now, not just for china, what can america make and export that is actually going to make us prosperous and wealthier? that is the big question, we can find the answer to that we can have a more balance reed lationship with china. >> you and i would be
kagillionaires. president obama is dealing with bruises from being a gop punchinging about over the weekend. people ---to-tore into him for defending the building of a mosque in new york. >> ground zero is indeed hallowed ground but let me be clear, as a citizen and as president, i believe the muslims have the right to that their religion as everyone else in this country. that includes the right to build a police of worship on private property in lower manhattan accordance with local laws and ordinances. >> other says the president is ignoring the anguish be of those who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks. some vow the president's controversial stance will become a political issue in the midterm elections. over the weekend, the president tried to clarify his position to cnn senior white house
correspondent ed henry. >> in this country, we treat everybody equally in accordance with the law, regardless of race, regardless of religion. i was not commenting and i will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there i was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates become to our founding. that's what our country's about. and i think it's very important that, you know, as difficult as some of these issues are, we stay focused on who we are as a people and what our val ruse all about. >> let's bring in cnn white house correspondent suzanne malveaux. suzanne, this is one of those passionately divisive issues, sure toing anary lot of people it already has, no matter what you say. why did the president even take it on? >> reporter: quite frankly, pressure to take it on we had been pushing robert gibbs for we cans to come up with a position, a white house position.
i was one of those folks protecting him. george w. bush had a position on muslims, shortly after 9/11, did the president have a position on it in the white house said it was a local issue. now they are sthagt president did want to weigh in weeks ago but they were looking for the right timing. part of that the local ordinance issue, zoning issue that settled and cleared. secondly, it iftar dinner marking the beginning of the muslim holy month of ramadan, a friendly audience, an appropriate venue to make it known that he felt that muslim also a right to build this mosque near ground zero. obviously, the political problems and implications are far and wide. the last 24, 48 hours it has been fodder, lots of criticism. and of course, a couple of democratic lawmakers i spoke with over the weekend are saying this might not last until midterm elections. people might get distracted,
talk about something else it is a wedge issue. but they are off message, they are talking about this, not health care reform and the fact the economy is getting better and that is frustrating some democrats as well as some folks here at the white house. >> suzanne malveaux at the white house. thanks. questions are raised about safety after the deaths of eight spectators at an off-road truck race in southern california. take a look at this video that was shot by jonathan davie, a witness to the incident. this is in the mohave desert's lucerne valley saturday night. spectators line the sides of this race, dangerously close to the speeding trucks. now, you're going to see the white truck coming up in just a second. that was it right there. that's the one that crashed into the crowd right then, killing eight people and injuring four others. jonathan davie talked with cnn last night about that video. >> about two minutes before i started filming, there was a close call with myself and some
friends that property left side where i was filming and i actually was a lot closer than, you know what it shows on the video and i got pushed back. it was -- you know, i got shaken up. i turned to my friend and go man, that was close. and that is when i decided to film what was going on. and that is the only video i have of the whole race was just that -- the crash. and it is very up fortunate what happened and i mean, way too close, way too close for comfort. >> and the pickup truck driver actually filed a message on his facebook page saying that his thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and friends impacted by this tragedy. no charges have been filed in this incident. in our next hour, level levs will tell us more. police in boston say that philip markoff was found alone in his cell yesterday with a plastic bag on his head.
markoff was set to go to trial next march. he was charged with the 2009 shooting death of a model and the attemptsed robbery of two other women. it was believed that he met his alleged victims on craigslist. police say markoff attempted suicide earlier this year and had been placed on suicide watch. two weeks after pakistan's epic flooding began, the second wave from the disaster is about to hit. we are going to take you to the front lines and tell you what you can do to help millions of people impacted. [ female announcer ] when a hurricane strikes,
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six weeks into his new job as commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan, general david petraeus is making his first real reremarks on the president's plan to withdraw troops there yesterday on "meet the press," general petraeus said it is conditions on the ground in afghanistan that will guide that decision. >> this is a date when a process begins that is conditions-based. as the conditions permit we transition tasks to our afghan counterparts and security forces and various governmental institutions and that enables a
"responsible drawdown of our forces" with. >> did you reach that point and say i know that the process is supposed to begin but my assessment as the commander here is that it cannot begin now? >> certainly. >> president obama wants u.s. troops to begin withdrawing from u.s. afghanistan in july of next year. epic flooding has des valvad pakistan. and one five lieutenant under water. the death toll has jumped to 1400 people. more than 895,000 homes have been damaged. ban ki-moon said he had never seen devastation of this kind in pakistan and imploring the international community to help. 20,000 pakistanis are searching for food, shelter and medical attention and floodwaters posing a greater health threat, especially to children. we are taken to the front lines
of the unfolding medical tragedy. >> reporter: desperation unleashed on a dusty pakistan road, men, women and children dart out in traffic, hoping to grab a morsel of food randomly flying off local trucks. nothing is wasted, even if there's a bit of earth mixed in. in each of the affected districts, victims of pakistan's worst flood in decades still fighting for survival two weeks after the initial flooding. inside this makeshift clinic, smoldering heat punishes the senses. lethargic babies croak out tears, their exhausted parents try to comfort them. dozens of families are piled on top of each other with nowhere else to go. in the flood, everything is gone, nothing left. we were only able to save our family this 50-year-old woman
says. our kids are vomiting, they have diarrhea, they are in miserable conditions with he don't have any money. the doctor is giving us treatment, but it is not effective. she is now left to comfort 25 members of her family who all live in the same home washed away by raging monsoon floodwaters. in the next room, a painful sight, a father gently holds his stick-thin daughter. i am worried about her, he says if it is god's will nothing will happen to her. every day i'm buying 50 to 100 rube business worth of medicine which is what i can afford because i need to feed my whole family with the money i make as a laborer. 1 1/2-year-old sabiya has been sick since birth but since the floods, she has grown weaker by the day due to diarrhea and fever. >> she is so skinny this is so dangerous for her. >> reporter: she advised me to
given a iv drip, but i cannot afford it she says n this high school turned clinic directly off of the floods, doctors say they are treating about 250 to 300 patients per day, they were overwhelm bud now they say two weeks on, things are getting a little bit better there are about 80 to 100 people who need help per day. >> mostly water-borne disease like malaria, gastroenteritis, fever and skin diseases. >> reporter: here had, treatment is free but not everyone appreciates the cure at this government-run are clinic. still, with 24-hour access to government doctors, these families have more of a chance of survival than most, as aid agencies warn of potentially deadly outbreak of die rey and cholera that tend to claim the weakest of the survivors. sarah sider in, cnn, pakistan. >> to find out how you can make a difference and help the flood survivors in pakistan, visit our impact your world page.
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checking top stories, china is poised to become the world's second biggest economy, pushing japan to third place. chinese economy has been fueled by exports an massive population. amid increased tensions in on the korean peninsula, north korea is responding to exercises with tough talk. astronauts taking a space walk this morning to replace a cooling pump on the space station. today's work is the third of a three-part repair job that began more than a week ago. seems like we need a cooling pump like that across much of the nation today, huh? >> yeah, yeah. we are starting to squeeze some of the heat down to the south where it belongs, but it has been a hot weekend and hot couple of weeks, now most of the heat is down across parts of the southern plains the deep south, actually the pacific northwest, too. what has been going on, a pretty strong cool front pushing, especially to the north, brought severe weather across the western great lakes over the weekend and now bringing it to
parts of new england and upstate new york. a severe thunderstorm watch in effect here for the next few hours, some of these cells have been pretty potent, rolling to the east 30 miles an hour or so. as they do that some gusty winds, maybe 50, 60 miles per hour bring down some trees and powerlines because of that schenectady up through parts of northern vermont under the gun. here is where the heat is across parts of texas and southern louisiana. 100 to 110-degree heat indices here for this part of the world. 100 degrees will be the actual temperature in dallas, texas. 96 in houston. 89 in kansas city. 79 degrees in minneapolis that is a far cry from what they saw last week. so, in some cases, we are looking at temperatures that are a good 20 degrees cooler this week than they were last week. and just to touch on this we will talk about this a little bit later in the broadcast, this is what's left over of tropical
depression number five. it kind of did a loopty loop and now it is back into the gulf of mexico. so they are going to any a hurricane hunt her aircraft into that and be giving you the play by play of what that situation is throughout the morning. not gone just yet. >> thanks, rob. gulf coast tourist industry hopes one picture is worth thousand of visitors, president obama taking a dip. bp is warning the locals about something on land that's not safe. scams.
this picture was released to drive home the message that the water is safe. day 119 of the gulf oil disaster and a month since the bp well was temporarily capped but the job to permanently seal it was on hold while new tests are being conducted. reynolds wolf has more on that and joins live from gulf shores, alabama were does top kill stand at this point? >> reporter: you just mentioned the test. what you are talking about of course this pressure test they are conducting inside the well itself. the rules come back favorable, what they plan on doing is they will resume the digging of the relief well. those results are going to come back some time either today or tomorrow and then to get everything in police and start drill cog take up to, say, four days or so so we are looking into next weekend before they can perform the bottom kill operation itself, but tough remember this is really an incredible endeavor, digging 17,000 feet down. right now, another 50 to 30 fete to dig along a parallel trench, full, right along the -- where you have the original well, once
they get to that point they hit a target about the size of a dinner plate. when they punch through that is when they are going inject a combination of mud and cement and at that point, the well will be dead but looks like it will be next weekend, this coming weekend when they will finally get to this procedure. >> all right. meanwhile, we are hearing more about these scams that are happening to residents. is this a new one from the others that we have been hearing about, people posing as bp workers or cleanup workers or charities to get donations? the warning came out this weekend, isolated incidents of people going door-to-door saying they work for bp asking to -- offering safety training in exchange for money but bp say it is someone comes to your door, says they are with bp and ask for any kind of money, a social security number or bank account numbers, by all means, don't give them anything. one of those situations where unfortunately there are people that are going to try to take advantage of a tragedy like the bp oil spill and trying to take advantage of that situation.
so definitely, bp saying be on the lookout. >> appreciate it. thanks, reynolds. choosing combat overseas rather than staying state side and unemployed, a decision more of america's vets are having to make. >> go back overseas because i couldn't find work. it is just -- i volunteered to go become to iraq. >> a law written to protect the jobs of servicemen and women may actually be doing the opposite. we are talking to vets and the jobs and unintended consequences, next. mike rowe: today's story from the ford model year end sales event... roger's workday. 9 to 5? try 5 to 9... everyday. that's why roger needs the ford f-150. it's the only truck that can keep up with him. best-in-class towing and payload, and now, best-in-class residual value. course, roger would never sell his f-150, even if he had the time. anncr: hurry in now and get a built-ford-tough f-150 with 0% financing for sixty months. mike rowe: remember roger and that f-150?
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on wall street, stocks really took a beating last week. it is no wonder, the fed said the recovery is weakening. several big retailers warned that sales this year won't be so hot. trish wu, new york stock exchange, more for us. hey, patricia. >> good morning, kyra. not sure how good it will be here. we have major concerns about the
global economy, we are expecting a lower open again today. now, hopefully we won't see losses as big as the one wes saw last week when the s & p 500 dropped nearly 4% and the nasdaq slid 5%. you note problem, kyra, we just keep getting red flag reports on the economy. that uncertainty feeds that volatility. so today, we learned that japan's economic growth slowed sharply last quarter, remember last week there were signs that the u.s. and chinese economies are not growing as quickly as earlier thought. now, these are the three largest economies in the world, so you can understand the jitters there. now lowe's, the second largest home retailer in the u.s. could limit today's losses, the home improvement retailer did report a 10% increase in quarterly profit. now is did miss estimates but wall street is sending lowe's shares up 3% in premarket trading. now, bell's just about to open and market is just about to
open, you can hear some clapping there we with say that the reason why lowe's missed those estimates was high unemployment and sagging home values. the chairman of lowe's -- there we go with the bell, i only heard the clapping before we got the bell now. we need change notice unemployment rate and housing market to drive up demand for home retail goods again. right now the dow is little changed at 10,303.15 and thought the nasdaq and s & p 2173 and 1079. kyra, back to you. >> patricia, thanks. new battle facing america's veterans, trying to find a job after completing their enlistment. if you thought odd hard time trying to find a job, talk to one of our war vets. cnn's kate bolduan reports. >> i'm looking up security and law enforcement type jobs that they might be offering. >> reporter: 45-year-old richard wilkes has served with the army national guard for five years,
fighting eight months in iraq, only to return home in 2008 to a new battle he never expected, the fight to find a job. >> i was putting out resume after resume. i would have some interviews and you just -- i just didn't get hired. >> reporter: frustrated and running out of money, wilkes turned to the only place he knew would hire. >> i have to go back overseas 'cause i couldn't find work. it is just -- i volunteered to go become to iraq. >> reporter: employers are required by law to hold jobs for reservists called to duty and are banned from discriminating against a job applicant because of their military service, but soldiers like wilkes fear their guard service makes employers reluctant to take them on. >> they don't want to take the time to hire someone and then have them deployed an then have to rehire someone. >> reporter: will withings is back home once again and again fakes the same transition to civilian life without work. he is not alone. the jobless rate among veterans who have served since 9/11 rose
to 11.8% last month. compare that to the national rate of 9.5% much the army national guard says this problem is especially troubling among their ranks. >> they have skills and they have training that should in a good economy give them an edge over their peers. >> what is the reality you are seeing? >> the edge is gone because they are getting lost in the volume of people. >> reporter: unemployment is such a big issue for the army national guard that some states are testing out programs to help their part-time soldiers. captain brian denowski runs one program in maryland. >> in the sea of employee, what i'm doing is into the sea throwing a life ring out to them and pulling on the life ring until the employer picks them up. >> reporter: were it includes resume tips, a database of military-friendly employers and job openings. >> they deserve it because they
stepped forward for the country. >> reporter: richard wilkes continues his search, a tough economy, another tough battle ahead nism regret? >> i loved serving in the military and loveder issing my country. no regrets at all. >> reporter: kate bolduan, cnn, washington. police in buffalo, new york, thought they had the right man in saturday's shooting deaths of four people in a downtown restaurant them charged a 24-year-old man but later dropped the charges. two women and two men including a texas man celebrating his wedding anniversary was killed. four others were hurt. those shootings were proceeded by an argument inside the restaurant. a 13-year-old boy who survived a plane crash that killed former senator ted stevens is released from the hospital. the mother of willie phillips jr. says he is headed back to maryland. his father died in that crash. as for stevens, a memorial mass will be celebrated this afternoon in anchorage. now this had to hurt. 10-year-old quentin is recovering after being wounded by a stingray barb. oddly enough, he answer the even
in the water. he was fish agent a pier in north carolina's outer bank wednesday another fisherman brought in a sting rachel the stingray released its four-inch barb, hitting quinton right in the liver. how did it feel? >> i don't really have words what it felt like, it -- i just pretty much started screaming "get it out of me." >> they did get it out of him and the young man said woe take the barb home as a souvenir. a new name comes out on top at the pga championship, a young german is the big winner. as for tiger woods, not even on the radar screen. kay mer.
the names we know and the names we have never heard of, it was the year of unknown champs that the year's pga championship at whistling straits in wisconsin. 25-year-old german martin camer beat out american bubba watson in the playoffs. kaymer bested watson in a three-hole playoff. as for tiger woods, first of another kind, he matched the longest grand slam drought of his career when he failed to win. he didn't even finish fifth or better. you watch golf, rob? >> i did and then got board and dvr'd it. >> i watched it during the day and in the evening, always like to get your "60 minutes" sunday
night, kept going back, they are still in a playoff, they are still in a playoff. >> i'm just glad -- he had that putt to win, virtually, i guess and he missed it. and then it would have been horrifyingly heartbreak federal government made that putt, celebrated wing the tournament and then disqualified. >> a heck of a course, too. >> a gorgeous course. weather there it was interesting, i regret not pitching the recording from there live sur thursday and friday last week. what made things interesting across the great lakes over the weekend was this front that slowly moved eastward and this time of year, the bottom parts of these fronts just -- they just don't have the jetstream to get to the south. northern tier, central plains, cooling off after the record-breaking heat last week, dangerous heat wave. the heat is down across parts of the south. that has become a bit of an issue. as far as the rainfall with this
system, pretty heavy duty, especially across the mid-atlantic, south carolina seeing three, four, five inches of rainfall yesterday. pretty heavy duty rain event with this front that is pushing eastward. we are starting to see a little bit of that energy decrease some. what the northern part of it still sees action, as far as severe weather goes, good cluster of thunderstorm across upstate new york, capital city, northern parts of new england. these have had a history of gusty winds and hail in spots. looks like it wants to weaken, we go through the next couple of hours. down to the south, what weakened last week almost completely died. now, coming back to life, i shouldn't draw an l but somewhere down here, a general circulation that could become our next tropical depression. the problem is what was tropical depression number five last week and kind of did a loopty loop
now circled through here. what our molds want to do is skirt the coastline and go here somewhere, stays out long enough it may develop in a tropical depression, may get to tropical storm status. national hurricane center is actually putting out a hurricane hunter aircraft into the system to see what is going on. see more empty way of rain, cause flooding situation across parts of southeast. 90 in seattle today, that's the spot that saw record-breaking heat yesterday. so excessive heat warnings for the northwest, typically cool, don't have much in the way of air conditioning there in some of the older homes, 90 degrees doesn't sound hot to you and me, kyra -- >> sounds hospital. thanks, rob. check our top stories now, president obama enters the heated debate over the building of a mosque near ground zero. now, republicans are making
clear they plan to make the president's support of the project a ballot box issue for november. pakistan, 20 million people battling to survive after dives flooding. close to 1500 people are dead. the u.n. says disease is now spreading. state-run media in iran says the country's nuclear chief plans to begin building 10 uranium enrichment centers next year. russian will start loading an iranian nuclear reactor next week. the u.s. wants russia to rate weight for more evidence that iran doesn't plan to use the site to make weapons. the lockerbie bomber released from prison diagnosed with terminal cancer, he is sent home to die, but doesn't. he thought his new less on life was grave injustice. wait until you hear what one of his doctors is saying. and tea partiers, the conservative fringe, makes a show of force on the u.s./mexican border. it is not so much illegal immigrants they are rallying against.
well, we are weeks away from the critical midterm elections and who would have guessed the topic of illegal immigration is front and center in arizona. yesterday along the u.s./mexican border, tea partiers al rallied in defense of their governor, jan brewer and the state's controversial immigration enforcement law, which has become the political football of the election season. u.s. senate hopeful jd hayworth hopes to use the issue as a way to punt arizona's long-time senator john mccain right out of office. >> put an end to amnesty once and for all to secure our borders, to end any of this misguided talk about open borders. it is time to regularize the
status of john mccain. send him become here to be a citizen among us and send a consistent conservative to washington, d.c. to represent you in the united states senate. >> mccain, meanwhile, was stumping with governor jan brewer in another part of the state. maricopa county sheriff joe arpaio was at the tea party rally yes poked fun at the administration's efforts to ramp up better border security. >> this fence, you can have all the fences you want, and i -- i don't know, if i had all the national tv here, i probably would climb the fence and show you how easy it is. but since i -- i'm not going to do it for some local or german or english tv crew. and i am a senior citizen, so if i can do it, anybody can do it. state's pro baseball team, arizona diamondbacks, increasingly finding themselves
a vehicle of political discourse. case in point, yesterday's game against the was washington nationals. a couple of immigration law protesters rushed the field, they were promptly sub dude by security, two others trying to unfurl a sign got the heave ho from security also. the protests want major league baseball to move next year's all-star game out of phoenix in light of the law's passage. up next, a family's devastating loss. how they managed to get justice though for their loved one from the internet. and it is not the day the music died that's the deadly 1959 plane crash of buddy holly, richie valens and the big bopper, but today is the day the king died. but before he did elvis aaron presley brought us fun in acapulco and so many other hits as the foundation of what we know as rock 'n' roll today. every year, memphis and its crown jewel of graceland warns it is no different in 2010 as 33 years ago today. elvis aaron presleyassed away at the tender able of 42.
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this story gets more infuhriating. talking about the man who cheated 270 people of their lives and is now cheating his own death and justice. remember this appalling hero's welcome home for abdel basset al megrahi, the convicted terrorist in the bombing over lockerbie, scotland? he was cheered on like a rock star for killing americans. he was sent home because a slew of doctors said that he was going to die of terminal frost state cancer. as a matter of fact, they said he only had about three months to live. compassionate release, he said. now, guess what experts on that
panel about the release speaking. one doctor said he is expressing regret. the dean of the school of medicine at buckingham university in england says, "if i could have gone back in time i would have probably been more vague and tried to emphasize the statistical changes and not hard fact." vague, he says, not hard fact. so glad dean sikora helped in the relows of a cold--blooded kill we are such definitive medical calculation, just mound with unmore obvious flaw in an ongoing story of grave injustice. that brings us to today's blog question, four u.s. senators sent a letter to scott land's first minister asking that al megrahi's full medical records be disclosed? do you think they should be? here is what we are following in the next hour of cnn newsroom. start with pakistan. reza? >> kyra, floodwaters have covered one-fifth of pakistan that is like the entire state of
florida being under water, millions need help, but that help has been painfully slow to get here. we will get you the latest on one of the worst natural disasters anywhere worst natura disasters anywhere at the top of the hour. i'm reynolds wolf coming to you from gulf shores, alabama, to give you the latest on the bp oil spill and the bottom kill efforts and a warning from bp involving potential scammers along the gulf coast. coming up, we'll talk about all of the labels on food that can confuse shoppers when it comes to what's healthy and what is not. there's a new system out there that's defying the current system. we'll have the story in the next hour. a panhandler approaches you. you want to help but you don't have any cash. what would you do? this new yorker did something shocking. she whipped out her credit card and put faith in his hands.
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today is the day that a las vegas family has been waiting for. the woman accused of killing their loved one while driving drunk is set to be sentenced. the family says they would have been able to bring her to justice had it not been for their few thousand friends on the internet. >> reporter: paul was 28, student up pulling an all-nighter. at 3:00 a.m., he went out to make copies and buy an energy
drink. >> it was by far the worst day in all of our lives. >> reporter: paul's sister dawn says her brother was a computer genius, served eight years in the air force, had a great job and was working on a degree because he wanted to run for political office. >> to get to that point where everybody wants to be at in life, to have it stole frn him in the middle of the night like that is so unbelievable. it's so unfair. >> reporter: paul left something behind. a few years ago, he created a website to keep up with friends. he called it team paul and as a joke, he made a team paul t-shisht with his face on it, and now his family is using team paul to fight for justice against the driver who killed him. he was sitting at this intersection waiting for the light to change and was hit from behind. you see the yellow lines showing how his car was pushed across the road into the poll and his
car came to rest over here where the yellow boxes represent the tires. the person who hit him was traveling at more than 80 miles per hour. the driver is 29-year-old miranda dalton. police say she never used her brakes. earlier she was out drinking $1 cocktails on lady's night on this country bar. on the bar's website, he have video of dalton dancing last year and posed for this photo the night of the fatal crash. according to the police report at the accident scene her speech was so slurred, an officer thought she had a foreign object in her mouth. her blood alcohol level was over twice the legal limit and had a prior dui conviction in 2001. on the this day, dalton was released on bail and team paul came back to life. the website became a rallying point to urge people to pressure
the legal system not to go lightly on dalton. it also became a spontaneous reporting. people were reporting on dalton's whereabouts, and then on his 29th birthday, his sister got a call. the a call came from this bar saying miranda was inside partying. she was wearing an alcohol device to detect alcohol. something came over me and said dawn, get in your car, and go there and see for yourself if she is there. wr when she arrived, she found her inside, got out her cell phone and started to take pictures. the photos showed her with her hair dyed and when the judge saw her and thought the device might have been tampered with, he put her back in jail. she is to be sentenced this month.
paul's family attends his hearing wearing team paul t shirrs. her friend defended her. >> there's a lot more to her. she's a mother, a friend, a daughter. her choice was wrong, but to try to push for a harsher spent alt won't do more justice. >> reporter: about 3,000 people are on the team paul facebook page. they agree it is about justice. >> they can never be hard enough on her because she's done it before and she would do it again. the next time it would be my child or my neighbor's child. >> reporter: paul's family is hoping to grow team paul bigger and push for harsher drink driving laws around the country so other families don't have to suffer like they are. ted rowlands, cnn, las vegas. a texas man went to prison for 27 years for a rape he did not commit. now michael greene is trying to deal with the anger of spending
more than half his life behind bars, and he's not sure a payment of more than $2 million will help ease the pain. i'll talk to him live in about 30 minutes. the blue collar city of bell, california, simmering with anger towards city hall. >> you're taking our money and you think we're not going to be mad about. you're out of your minds. >> that's just one of the outbursts that have become very common in bell, california after residents learned that their ex-city manager was pulling in nearly $800,000 annually and city council members were paying themselves nearly six figures while turning out the pockets of its working class families. they pay the highest property tax rates in all but one of l.a. county's 88 cities. only parts of the city of industry pay more in taxes. he's a snapshot of the typical bell house hold. 54% of married couples is
families. 56% of adults never graduateded high school. one-third don't have a college degree but three biggest industries, manufacturing, retail trade and construction and the median house hold income about $40,000 a year. compare that with beverly hills where the income $96,000 a year. still bell's property tax rate, 50% higher. now bell residents could be getting some of that tax money back, about $3 million of it, and today the city council will be asked today to pass a resolution agreeing that the rate overcharge was illegal. the start of a new week but president obama is nursing the bruises of being a gop punching bag over the weekend. republicans say the president is ignoring the anguish of those who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks and some vow that his stance will become a controversial issue in the
midterm elections. over the weekend, he tried to ex-explain his position to ed henry. >> in this country, we treat everybody equally in accord dance with the law. i was not commenting and will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there. i was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding. that's what our country's about, and i think it's very important that, you know, as difficult as some of these issues are, that we stay focused on who we are as a people and what our values are all about. >> let's take a closer look with suzanne malveaux. it's one of those passionately divisive issues that is sure to anger people no matter what you say. so why did the president take it on right now? >> reporter: he certainly didn't take it on before and there was
a lot of pressure from the white house to take this issue on. we have been pressuring robert gibbs to at least take some sort of stand on this. it's been a bush-back saying it's a local issue but now white house aides say that the president was confronted by his aides saying that you need to talk about this and that he initially did want to talk about it but they were trying to find the right time of this. they said it's a local issue, so the local zoning board made a decision on the mosque site. that happened first. secondly, they wanted to try to set up a scenario in which he could talk about it on his own. the ishtar dinner on friday seemed like the perfect opportunity and it was something they could not avoid not to talk about that during that dinner. that's when the president weighed in. since then, a lot of criticism. some pushback and fallout. a couple democratic leaders said, look, we really wish that the president and the white
house had remained silent on this one, even if he is trying to recalibrate, as the white house says, the message here because they're not talking about health care reform or the company getting any better and they are off-message and democrats feel it will hurt them in the weeks to come but we'll see if had hurts them in the midterm elections. >> day 119 since the gulf oil disaster. the job to permanently seal it is on hold. additional pressure tests are being taken before bp gets the go-ahead to finish the relief well. it will take a few days to review the results and up to four more days before the relief well actually intersects the well. tourist industry has taken a huge hit. reynolds wolf joins frus gulf shores, alabama to talk about the recovery plans. >> reporter: share's hoping that they're going to finish this week with the relief well and
proceed with the bottom kill operation. it's an amazing thing, like performing surgery. it's not something they can rush. they dig a little bit, pull back and reassess and proceed. we hope by the time we get to this weekend they can finally finish up with the bottom kill and there's really no one that will be happier to have that over and done with than the mayor. we have with us robert craft, mayor 6 gulf shores. what will it mean for your community? >> it will be wonderful to have the community and the world know the problems are over from the standpoint of new oil coming to shore. >> reporter: with the oil coming ashore, i know you had some when tropical depression 5 came through the area, what does it mean to your business? when the well cass capped, you saw people coming back. is it too late for many communities along the gulf coast? >> we're clean and ready. the water is clear for swimming.
the health department checked the beaches and the water and it's clear. the labor day weekend is coming up soon and is typically a big weekend for us. we hope it will be this year. the weather is good. on that weekend we have the john m mayer, hank williams and graduaten wilson going to be here, and we have our shrimp festival in october. we are excited about showing the world our pretty clean beaches. >> reporter: we were talking other day about when you look in the past, there is a template. you are able to see what people have done in the past but when it comes to an oil spill, this is something new? >> absolutely. everybody day has been a new day and a new challenge up until now, and the recovery aspect of how we go forward from here will be equally as important.
how many opportunity is do we get to tell a positive story? we normally don't have oil on the beach. you coming back down here and helping us show positive for the future, we appreciate it. >> reporter: you were talking about when it comes to the oil, when this tropical system came through and brought oil up on the beach, in some ways that can be a good thing, can't it? >> we know we got some oil that's been covered up along the beach line with sand that we weren't able to get up. the churning of the waters pushes is up where we can get it. we want to get rid of it this year. >> reporter: we thank you for your time. i know you have a very busy day ahead of you. people are really looking forward to the well finally being done. basically like putting a stake through it's heart and finishing tb all together. apparently we're getting some breaking news here coming from an exclusive interview that secretary of defense robert gates gave saying that he is
going to leave the job and retire, it looks like, sometime in 2011. that's a year before he is supposed to retire. chris lawrence at the pentagon working this for us. so, chris, looks like he was quoted in an article is that right? >> reporter: that's right. i just confirmed with officials here at the pentagon that those quotes were accurate, that they reflect secretary gates' feelings on the subject, that he does want to retire next year, not in 2012. the reason for what is he feels that it would be very hard to find a good, solid replacement in 2012. he feels that nine, ten months before an laekz in which president barack obama may or may not be leaving office that it would be hard to find a good, qualified candidate who would want to fill the job for potentially only nine or ten months. he wants to step back earlier to try to give his replacement more time to work and also sort of
recruit a better base of potential replacements. >> are you getting anything yet, chris, as to why he would want to retire early? >> reporter: well, he's wanted to get out for a long time now, kyra. he's been pretty upfront that he was reluctant to take this job. he put out a lot of feelers three years ago, back in 2007, really getting it out there that he wasn't interested in the job, would not want to stay on, and he says in this interview that that was because he was hoping that no one would ask him to. he was putting that out there to try to dampen the spirit out there, so to speak, and he knew, he says, at the time that if he was asked to stay on, he would out of a sense of duty. so now that he has been in office throughout the first two years of president obama's term, he's already looking forward to next year, when he can make that
retirement official. >> got it. chris lawrence at the pentagon, thanks. let's move on to that offroad race that went horribly wrong. eight spectators are dead after the gruesome crash and raising questions about race safety. take a look at this video, shot by a guy named jonathan davy who witnessed the crash. spectators lined the sides of the race, dangerously close to the speeding trucks. watch the white truck. it's the one that crashed into the crowd. it kirk hawkins joining us outside the hospital. have you talked to the spectators? >> reporter: we talked to a lost the spectators. they are shaken. it's not what they expected to happen or how they expected that saturday night race to end up. there is a total of six of them behind me at loma linda university medical center.
there were six that died at the scene and two that were taken to local hospitals and pronounced dead later on in the evening. this a very popular sport. more than 36 million people across the sport participate in offroad vehicle racing, and a large chunk of that is right here in southern california and a big part of that is because of the fact that we have such a very diverse landscape, beaches, mountains and deserts that are perfect for this kind of thing all within roughly a one-hour drive of the city center and where people live here. they drive things like motorcycles and dune buggies and even the four by four cars you can get from your neighborhood dealership. it's not popular with environmentalists. they say they pollute and destroy natural habitats in these areas that are particularly sensitive. >> i was reading that the driver actually got mobbed after this happened, and then he went back, i guess, apparently to his facebook page and issued an
aapolo aapology. do you know if this is true that they were chasing after him and he tried to get this apology out nationwide? >> reporter: yeah, that's true, kyra. the driver was actually escorted. the chp had to escort him out of that area where the race took place. this a very tight-knit community, and a lot of people participant on this, and he did post a comment on his wall that reads so incredibly lost and devastated -- this is it 28-year-old brett sloppy. lost and devastated. my thoughts and prayers go out to all of the friends and families tragic times. i love you all. many people supported him for what he's going through. you look at the victims, eight of them, look at the names and ages, many in their early 20s, very young, a lot of lives cut short and before many were able
to pursue their lives. very young. a lot of people caught off guard by this. >> kirk hawkins, thank you so much. josh levs, you have been looking at the race rules. i grew up in this area, and everybod you're supposed to stad a certain number of feet back but you just don't. >> that's the problem. we are hearing from kirk about the millions and millions of people who watch the race ises, and the reason it's important to understand this is this is an organization behind this. in this case, the organization was mojave desert racing, and they have written rules that go along with it. they specifically tell you what to do and not do, and the written rules include do not spectate within 100 feet of the course. they also talk about where to stand. they say do not stand or drive on the course. spectate only on the pit side of the course. these are all written rules
about how this is supposed to take place and the expectation is that spectators will know this and hopefully would follow this. now, when questioned, a lost people are asking what's done to enforce this. who is making sure that any of these rules even happen at all? we on sunday afternoon spoke with an expert about this kind of racing and talked about the inherent dangers in desert racing. >> very few open races are left in the world precisely for this problem, and it's very difficult to control the speck tears. you can give all of the warnings you want but at the end of the day they're out there on their 0 own and they do what they want. >> he went on to say something very interesting and significant. he says these races are not making tons of money so they don't have the funds to hire people to go around all 50 miles of track and check everything to see where everybody is standing, and the reality is in a lot of cases people do go closer than she should. let's look at the google earth
video and i want people to see why it's going on in this area. we zoom into california east of l.a., san bernardino. this is referred to as soggy dry lake. you can see by the terrain why it is so popular for desert racing. it is a mecca for this kind of racing, and what we're seeing is now authorities around california and around the country where there are races happening looking into what can be done to prevent a recurrence of this type of tragedy. two weeks after pakistan's flooding, a second battle is about to hit. piggy: weeeeeee, weeeeeee, weeeeeee, weeeee weeeeeeee. mom: max. ...maxwell! piggy: yeah?
desperation from pakistan's epic flooding is just overwhelming. more than 1400 people have died. nearly 900 thousand homes destroyed and roughly one-fifth of the country is under water. for comparison's sake, that's roughly the equivalent of florida. reza sayah is in pakistan this morning. do you see any signs of improvement? >> reporter: not only do you not see signs of improvement, kyra. you see signs that things are getting worse. what you have here in pakistan is millions of people who have lost everything and are fighting to survive, and if they don't get help soon, they're going to start losing that fight to survive. it's a desperate situation, and that's why the u.n. chief
visited pakistan to try and draw the world's attention to the situation here in pakistan. he met with senior government officials, took an aerial tour of what is this enormous flood zone that extends from northwest pakistan all of the way to central pakistan. as you mentioned, one-fifth of this country, the equivalent of florida, under water and with the amount of 20 million people affected. this is definitely one of the worst natural disasters anywhere in recent memory. many of the flood victims are children and things are getting desperate for them. here's a grim figure by the u.n. today. the unen saying 3.5 million children at risk of deadly water borne diseases, the disease cholera very much a concern here. it's an infectious disease caused by bacteria and infected food and water. the only way to address the situation is to get them clean water and food but that's not
happening. look at these figures, the u.n. asking for $166 million to get them clean water and medical attention. right now they only have $25 million. >> we will stay on the story. you can go to cnn.com/impactyourworld. if you want to help. a man behind bars for three decades for a rape he didn't commit. >> i was locked up. that's what i do. it's the law. it's the way the ball bounced. >> what's next for michael greene? we talk to him in about ten minutes.
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battle of tarawa claimed more than 1,000 marines in just over 72 hours of fighting with the japanese. after the war, the u.s. government tried but couldn't find all of the u.s. bodies that had been buried on the island. now, more than 65 years later, the u.s. military is back on tarawa looking for those lost marines. jpac is the military unit responsible for finding and identifying lost soldiers. for the past week, the jpac has been digging and sifting areas where they think may be remains, which they were doing when peter showed up. >> he came over and hollered at us over the fence and got our attention. peter took marine captain tom in orderman inside his tiny home and showed him what he had. >> once we went there and checked it out, it was eye opening. >> reporter: peter had kept the remains on a shelf above his bed.
along with the skeleton, he found a helmet, ammunition belt and canteen. >> we looked out there for months and months before the american team come and look for them. >> his respect that he gave the remains was pretty incredible, and honestly, it gave me goose bumps. >> reporter: then peter gave them something else. >> they captain turned around, and he handed him a projectile. >> i said, you don't need this in your house. >> reporter: the crew took the bomb away. the remains were labelled and will be analyzed for identification. peter says after taking care of the remains he feels connected to them and would like to meet the soldier's family some day. they will be very happy and see the body of their boyd or their father or their brother coming back home to america. >> reporter: the u.s. military is planning on spending more than a month here. they're digging on six separate sites. this is the second of those six.
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we have breaking news coming out of colombia right now. apparently there was a plane crash, and what you're looking at is actually the end of a pretty remarkable story. apparently it was struck by lightning when it was trying to land in san andreas, an island there in colombia, and 131 passengers were on board. right now we're hearing that one person was killed and a number of people injured. but take a look at that plane. it literally split in two by the lightning as it was trying to land. we're told one person killed and more than 125 survivors. our karl penhaul, as you know is based in colombia, and we're working to get him on the phone to see if he has any more information. we're not quite sure where this aircraft was coming from, but it
was -- okay, we're going to work to get a few more bits of information in case you are familiar with his airlines. you might have known somebody on board this plane but we are follows this story for you and will bring you more information as soon as we get it. michael greene spent nearly 10,000 nights behind bars for a rape he did not commit. now he's a free man but after 27 years as an inmate, he has a choice to make. accept the $2.2 million payment from the state of texas or sue. this nightmare began in 1983. greene was walking home that night when a white woman was kidnapped and raped in his neighborhood. he was a high school dropout and stole cars to make money. so all it took was a lineup of a group of young men and he was picked out and put behind bars and sentenced to 75 years in
prison. greene was only 18 years old at that time. last month at the age of 45, he was exonerated by dna evidence. his family overwhelmed. >> he was innocent, let him go. >> we love you. we love you. i'm going to be glad to see him because it's been a long time. >> 258 prisoners have been freed by dna evidence according to the innocence project, 40 of them from texas. michael greene is joining me from texas. i know a lot of people have been asking you this. how does a feel to be a free man? >> beautiful. one word, beautiful. >> one word. i just can only imagine. can you even remember -- and my guess is it's gone over and over in your head, hundreds and hundreds of times, when you were 18 years old and you were
arrested and you were told what you were accused of? do you remember what was going through your mind at that moment? >> at first, i couldn't believe that it was real in that when i got locked up for the auto theft, i thought, okay, it might be they made a mistake until it was time to go to trial, and then i seen that they were for real about it. >> and did you say to them -- well, let me ask you this. did you know the woman that was raped? did you know anything about the circumstances around her rape, like the guys that were involved that did kidnap her? >> no. i didn't know anything about it. the night that -- okay. the night it happened to her they stopped me on the street. they brought me over there and said i wasn't one of the four dudes and let me go. seven days later i got locked up
for auto theft, and here i am again going right back to the rape. >> wow. and so what was life like for you in prison for 27 years? and i know there's just no way to describe more than two decades within just a couple minutes together, but what was the hardest part? did you feel the anger build up over the years? did you finally find peace? did you realize, okay, this is it, this how i'm going to spend the rest of my life and i just have to deal with it? how did you cope? >> well, my mother was my backbone in coping. she died in 2006. i almost just lost it. >> and you couldn't even go to her funeral, right? >> no, ma'am. >> and your dad died when you were a little boy, correct? >> i was 5 years old when he died. >> and i know you remained very close with your aunt. that's who you're living with
now. >> no, not that aunt. >> no, this is a different aunt. >> i'm staying with my aunt june. my aunt i'm close with is my aunt brenda. >> you're living with her now? >> i'm still with eunice, but my aunt brenda was my favorite aunt. we used to write all of the time. >> the one that's right all of the time? >> no, the one i used to write. >> oh, the one you wrote to? >> yes, ma'am. >> you got strength through writing letters and you were close with your mom until she passed. what's next for you? are you thinking about school? do you want to work? >> well, actually, i you am thinking about going to college to work computers. just so happened i started working on friday. >> you did, you got a job.
>> i started with my lawyer in the innocence project. >> well, that's great. the innocence project has been quite a remarkable organization helping to free so many people through dna. michael, when did you find out that something had happened, that you actually might be free? do you remember how you were told and how you felt? >> well, once i came back on bench warrant to houston last year in february, and they told me they had the genes and those articles to test, and if i felt if dna is as accurate as they say it is, i knew i would get to go as soon as they get the test back. >> now, tell me, i understand you might possibly accept a financial settlement of a few
million dollars but would you have to forego that if you decided to file a lawsuit? how are you going to deal with this? what do you want to do? which way is your heart pushing you? >> i really haven't taught about it because i'm spending so much time with my family, but just to say what's happening with it. the money really means nothing. it can't replace my life. >> are you angry at the woman that picked you out of the lineup? >> no, i got over that a long time ago. that's how i got into the law. i used my anger to fuel me to push me through learning the law. >> do you forgive her? >> oh, yes. it serves no purpose in me being angry at her right now. i'd say for about 15 years, i haven't been mad at her. >> do you know if she know it is you've been released?
>> yes, ma'am. >> she does know? >> yes, ma'am. >> did you talk to her? >> no, but i would like to. >> what would you want to say to her? >> i just really want to know why. why me of all people? why did she pick me when i knew that she knew i wasn't the one. >> well, i will be interested to see if, indeed, you do have that meeting and would like to know what happens within that conversation. meanwhile, you are working now, and you do want to go to school for computers. anything that would you like to say, michael? we're talking 27 years. you're finally free. everyone knows that you did not commit that rape. is there anything that you want to say, maybe, to those that you feel are going through the same thing? maybe other guys that you met
while you were in prison? >> well, the only thung i can really say to them is go to the law library because nine times out of ten they will find a way to beat their case, and i have met innocent dudes down there. the big problem is they got robbery cases, burglary cases, murder cases where there is no dna, so they got to fight. >> well, you're definitely a fighter and now you're free. we look forward to seeing what you do with your life. you stayed strong, and i'm glad you got your faith. michael green, thanks for sharing your story with me today. >> thank you. >> let's take a quick break.
it was struck by lightning. more than 100 people survived this. karl penhaul on the phone with us from clom where. >> reporter: civil aviation has said that active investigators will be on the ground their shortly and they will give us chapter and verse. 131 people on board at the time of this accident, including 6 americans. san andres is very much a holiday island and many people would be going there on vacation. one woman did die, and we also understand that two people are undergoing surgery or need surgery for head traumas that they sustained, including a 12-year-old, and an ambulance is on the way to bring them back to the colombian mainland right now. initial reports from civil aviation and colombian police suggest that lightning had a role in this that as the aircraft was coming into land it
may have been hit by a lightning strike but that is something that crash investigators will be looking at. civil aviation here was saying that there was rain at the airport at the time. storms were reported to be in the vicinity and that winds were coming from the east at about 15 knots but nothing here conclusive to point to what the cause of the accident was but many people pointing out that this could have in fact been much worse than it really was, kyra. >> it's remarkable to hear of all of the people that survived. karl penhaul calling in 23r colombia. thanks. many of us want to eat healthier but the food industry doesn't always make it easy? how do we know if something is good for us even if the advertising tells us it is. poppy harlow introduces us to a new rating system. >> reporter: food companies inundate us with healthy
sounding slogans, reduced fat, whole grain, that means healier, right? not necessarily. >> the packages all have claims. the claims are often misleading. >> reporter: this yale scientist created nuval, a nut trigs rating system that cuts through the marketing machine. >> it's gps for the food supply. >> reporter: it ranks food from 1 to 100, weighing unhealthy things like transfat against nutrients like fiber. >> almost everything in the produce aisle is between 90 and 100. we have reduced fat jif peanut butter way 7 and regular with a 20. >> reporter: so higher fat is better for you here? >> not because it's higher fat. the reduced fat version is considerably higher in sodium and sugar. >> reporter: raisin bran. this what i eight growing up.
26. wait, this ice cream says it's a 91. >> to me, that is the flaw of the system. something such as the ice cream which is chemicals and additives doesn't add to the diet, and people shouldn't get nutrients through the ice cream and yes, the raisins may be sugar-coated but it is a good source of fiber. >> reporter: dr. katz says the real value to compare ice cream to cereal but to see how similar products stack up against one another. none of the major food companies would make a statement. pepsi said consumers can make more informed choices through fact based front of package information. why do you think it is that there seems to be this pushback
from the food manufacturers. >> they don't want everybody to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. nuval tells that truth. >> reporter: junk food is big business for the food companies. if the system is adopted all across the nation, will it be the end of salty, fatty snack food? >> i hope it be will be the end of junk food. >> reporter: that's billions of dollars in revenues. and, you know, kyra, i think the jury is out on whether or not this is the right system. ice cream scored more than three times higher than raisin bran which we think of as a healthy cereal but so far they have scored about 70,000 foods at 750 grocery stores and as you saw in the piece, none of the big food companies would go on camera to talk to us about this. it could be in part because it could threaten this $26 billion snack food industry that we have in this country. >> that's a lot of money to be threatened by.
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a homeless man asks for some spare change. mary harris didn't have any, so to the shock of her friends, she gave the man her credit card. the same people were even nor shocked when he bought what he needed and came right back. it's a story of trust repaid. mary harris joins us live via skype from bridgehampton, long island. mary, why did you give him your
credit card? >> it's funny because we were standing in a crowd of people, and he was being brushed off by a couple of people, and when he came over to me, i wanted to listen to his story. i didn't want to be somebody who was brushing him off. i feel like new yorkers are immune to the homeless issue, and probably all over the country people are. and, he started to tell me he was down on his luck, down on his last few dollars. he wanted wi eed vitamin water bathing essentials. i said i'm sorry i only have my credit card. is he said, could i borrow it. he said, would it be okay if i also got a back of cigarettes. i said, sure, and he left. people around me said, that's just totally insane what you did. and then 15 minutes later, he came back, you know, with his
bag of things that he needed. in a way, i feel like i've gotten so many e-mails since this happened of people being inspired by the story, and i guess the really positive side effect is it has raised so much awareness for who the homeless people are and that they aren't all just because they are homeless dishonest. which may experience eye oh. >> did you find out about what kind of job he had and what happened to him and do you keep a relationship with him? >> the -- i didn't know who he was but i told them some of the details of what he looked like and they were able to find him and we reunited, and he told me that he had a job in real estate for issues that i'm not clear on what they are, he couldn't keep that job, and he just said he just canteto